First the stage is set.
Then the band appears and begins a bit of drum and bass work and then Laurie appears at the back of the stage and, when he is recognized by a roaring crowd, stops dead still and stares out with a blank expression and then comes forward and the show is on.
It continues for better than 2 and a half hours and three encore performances and a "God Bless You, Mesa" from Laurie before the exhausted performers call it a night. The crowd is still left roaring for more.
Laurie is not only a wonderfully entertaining musician and singer but a marvelous actor as he mugs and stunts through the night. And he has taught his crew well.
Photography was forbidden, though not obeyed by this amazingly appreciative audience but my (illegal) attempt to get any of the show failed to achieve my exacting standards. But I wanted to give you a hint of what we saw last night so here, from an earlier show elsewhere, is one of the stellar (though, not necessarily bluesy) performances. Laurie, with one of his amazingly talented backup singers, Gaby Moreno, doing El Choclo, or The Kiss of Fire.
A fantastic show, though for us older folks, a bit long.
Still, if he comes to a town near you . . . GO SEE HIM!